“I think it’s nice that people care,” Kaling said when asked about the popular will-they-or-won’t-they perception of her and Novak’s relationship. “I like when people...think it’s more romantic or sparkly or interesting than it is.”
Kaling, a noted fan and student of romantic comedies, definitely knows how exciting it can be to gush over grand gestures and indulge in a little bit of speculative daydreaming about your favorite characters. But in real life, when it comes to real people, relationships grow and evolve — especially longtime relationships like Kaling and Novak’s. They’ve known each other for about 16 years now, Kaling says, and a lot has happened since they first met in their early 20s.
“It’s not that way,” she told CBS, gently shutting down any dating rumors still floating around. “He’s a wonderful friend, he’s the godfather to my daughter, I see him every week, but it isn’t, I think, the thing that people sometimes think it is.”
“He’s really part of my family,” Kaling said of Novak. “Even though that is less of a sexy characterization of our relationship, I think it’s a deeper and closer one.”
“We do spend a lot of time together,” she added. “It’s a great blessing in my life.”